River of Lakes Heritage Corridor
Byway Length: 156 Miles
Designated: March 12, 2009
FDOT District: 5
The River of Lakes Heritage Corridor embodies a unique blend of sophisticated contemporary culture, rich historic preservation, and gorgeous natural Florida.
The Native Americans of the area, the Timucua, referred to the St. Johns River as the “Welaka”, which meant “River of Lakes.” The St. Johns River and the series of lakes it connects were the lifeline and “highway” for centuries of inhabitants, settlers, travelers and tourists.
Today, the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor connects travelers to the numerous heritage and cultural sites in this historic region. The charm of this area has drawn new developments in recent decades, with four-star restaurants and regal art galleries thriving alongside good old BBQ joints and antique architecture. Spanish moss sways over the sidewalks during the many festivals and concerts.
You are never too far away from nature along this byway – and many locals have their bikes and kayaks at the ready. The byway has countless spots to put a boat in, and a growing multiuse trail system alongside it that enables the byway traveler to pull off the byway and jump onto a stunning path that leads to crystal springs or along the St. Johns River.
Byway Website: rolhc.org
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Byway Website: http://riveroflakesheritagecorridor.org
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/rolheritagecorridor
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Tour Suggestions: http://riveroflakesheritagecorridor.org/tours/
Byway Activities: http://riveroflakesheritagecorridor.org/things-to-do/
Ask A Local (“insider” perspectives on the byway region):
These are specific resources for this byway. See Associated Florida Resources for connections to organizations affecting all byways in Florida.
Volusia County Tourism:
Seminole County Tourism:
Main Street DeLand Association:
Located in the center of Florida, entrance to the byway can be reached from several directions.
From Jacksonville: Take I-95 south. You can enter the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor from a few directions:
From Orlando: Take I-4 east toward Sanford. Take the 17-92 exit just before crossing the St. Johns River Bridge. At the light, you will be turning on the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor. You can turn left to go to Sanford or you can turn right to head to Debary and DeLand.
From Tampa: Take I-4 East through Orlando and continue on to Sanford. Take the 17-92 Exit just before crossing the St. Johns River Bridge. At the light, you will be turning on the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor. You can turn left to go to Sanford or you can turn right to head to Debary and DeLand.
From Ocala: From Ocala, take SR 40 east through the Ocala National Forest along the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway until you intersect with US 17. At US 17, you are on the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor. You can either head north on US 17 to the Volusia County line. You could also take US 17 south along the corridor. In addition you can continue on SR 40 past US 17 to SR 11 which is another leg of the corridor.